The focus of this study was the identification of bacterial colonies in waterlogged woodfragments from the rostrum of a excellent workmanship, that is very likely one of the wrecksattributed to Sextus Pompey fleet (36 BC) and discovered in Acqualadroni, Messina, Sicily,Italy (2008). The wood samples were analyzed by light and Scanning Electron Microscopy(SEM), in vitro culture and molecular technique (DNA base techniques). The results, focusedon bacterial consortia, allowed us to reveal the presence of Pseudomonas sp., Sphingomonassp., Xanthomonas sp. besides Marinobacter sp. and Desulforudis audaxviator. A prompt andaccurate characterization of bacterial colonization represents one of the preliminary step inpreservation/restoration projects, especially for waterlogged wood since the metabolic activityof specific bacteria induce and accelerate the deterioration processes. Although it is reported ina case study, this multiple approach is useful for reveal and identify bacterial colonizing bothorganic and inorganic artifacts.
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|